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Expressions in Dialogue
Start date: May 15, 2015, End date: Nov 15, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The training course "Expressions in Dialogue: Euro-Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue in Youth Work" brought together a group of 25 youth workers and educators from communities around the Euro- Mediterranean area for a six days interactive training course that explored the challenges of a meaningful intercultural dialogue and exchanged youth work educational methodologies based on the principles of Human Rights and intercultural citizenship education. The course dealt with the challenges posed to intercultural dialogue, the freedom of expression and hate speech, and how to strengthen the competences of youth workers to address prejudice and discrimination. Through providing space for exchange of non-formal education methods to be used in the youth work, the course challenged stereotyping and xenophobia and supported synergies where to exchange best practices. The specific objectives of the training course were: To explore the challenges that intercultural dialogue faces in the Euro-Mediterranean context and the role of youth work in developing basic competences promoting core values central to human rights; To develop youth work core competencies for active intercultural citizenship based on inclusive democratic participation in the public sphere and de-construct hate speech; To exchange youth work non-formal education methodological approaches promoting intercultural dialogue challenging prejudice and discrimination; To increase the quality and develop strategies of cooperation within the Erasmus + Youth in Action programme, especially in the Euro-Mediterranean area, creating synergies and establish networks of cooperation between youth organizations that promote dialogue among cultures.
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